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GFT T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST: ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN $$$$ DEADLINE EXTENDED FEB14

GFT is hosting a contest for the design of the next GFT T-shirt at the 13th Annual Convention. The first place winner will receive $1000 and have their design used on the next GFT T-shirt print! The second place winner will receive $500 and the third place winner will receive $250.

The contest is open to all currently enrolled public high school students in Guam.

All entries must be original creations of the contestant and must incorporate into the design, the GFT Local 1581 brand (i.e. colors, trademarks, or logos) and GFT’s representation for the following employee agencies with the text “United” or “Strong” or similar wording:

GDOE Teachers & Support Staff
Port Authority of Guam Employees
GMHA Nurses
GWA Employees
DPW Bus Drivers
ALUTIIQ (DODEA) Bus Drivers
UOG Support Staff
GCC Support Staff
DPHSS Eligibility Specialists
GFD Firefighters and Specialists
GPD Police Officers
DOC Corrections Officers
Guam Customs & Quarantine Officers
All other Government of Guam employees

Original creations have never been published, and does not contain profanity, trademarks, logos, or copyrighted works of any other person or business.

The entries must be received via email to irish@gftunion.com or dropped off at the GFT Office in Mangilao.  The deadline has been extended for submission before 5 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020.

All interested contestants should contact the GFT Office at 735-4390 or email irish@gftunion.com for official contest rules and more information.

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GFT SUPPORTS BILL 200-35

GFT stands in support of Bill 200-35 but recommends lifting the proposed compensation of $520 to the 2017 national average of $1011. The purpose of workers’ compensation should be to ensure an injured worker receives a timely and predictable compensation until the worker is able to return to work. In 1988, Guam last updated the maximum cap on workers’ compensation to $250 per week for total permanent disability (e.g. loss of both arms or both legs). The amount of compensation is even less if the loss of limbs is considered partial (e.g. losing one arm or leg).

Based on data from the National Academy of Social Insurance, a change to $520 per week for Total Permanent Disability (TPD) would make Guam surpass the state of Mississippi by $26 per week. All other states and the District of Columbia still have their maximum TPD higher than Guam’s proposed $520 per week. The average TPD per week based on data from 2017 is now $1011. A total of 20 states and territories have their TPD set over a thousand per week with Iowa offering $1765. I commend the efforts to raise the TPD using a model based on inflation; however, a comparison to the other states warrant an increase beyond the proposed $520 per week.

The TPD payable amount provides a maximum, not a minimum. With the average hotel and food industry earning less than $12 per hour, the payout will be around $500 per week or less. Lifting the TPD maximums to the national average of $1011 per week will ensure compensation to those employees who earn beyond $25 an hour. The struggles of not receiving sufficient funds meant filing for bankruptcy or being at the brink of such a financial disaster. Workers’ compensation is supposed to be a safety net to keep an individual from complete ruin. Lifting the TPD cap to $520 per week protects some of the lowest income earners, and lifting the TPD cap to $1011 per week protects the working middle-class employees. An employee who lost a limb should not be undercompensated to a point where they lose their home as well.

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GFT ELECTION 2020

The Announcement of Candidacy period for the upcoming GFT Election will begin on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8am until Friday, February 7, 2020 at 5pm. The Union Officer positions up election are the At-Large positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer as well as Delegate positions for the Biennial AFT Convention.

Please complete the Candidacy form in person at the GFT Office in Mangilao no later than February 7, 2020 by 5pm.

Candidacy Period: Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8am – Friday, February 7, 2020 at 5pm
GFT Election Day for AT-LARGE Union Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary & Treasurer): Friday, February 28, 2020
Installation/Recognition & Biennial AFT Convention Delegates Election: Saturday, March 21, 2020

Eligibility Requirements: To run for an official position, you must have been a member in good standing on or before Friday, January 17, 2020. For more information, contact the GFT Office at 735-4390.

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PORT MEMBERS RATIFY REVISED CBA

Port members held their ratification voting for the GFT – Port Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) last Friday, December 6, 2019 and approved the changes agreed upon by both negotiation teams. The CBA will now be submitted back to the Attorney General then to the Governor for final approval. Work hours, scheduling, hazard pay and various other employee working conditions were negotiated in the CBA. The CBA covers all Port Operations and Maintenance employees.

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PUBLIC HEARING ON WORKERS COMPENSATION BILLS

The Legislative Committee on Federal and Foreign Affairs, Telecommunications, Technology and Labor will convene a series of public hearings for Bill 200-35 and Bill 201-35 on December 23, 2019 in the Public Hearing Room of the Guam Congress Building. The first session will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the second session will begin at 5:30 p.m. You may also submit written testimony addressed to Senator Regine Biscoe Lee, Chair of the Committee, and may be submitted via hand delivery to the Office of Senator Regine Biscoe Lee or via email to senatorbiscoelee@guamlegislature.org.